- Measuring your room or space allows you to work out how many packs of flooring you’ll need to complete the job.
- Measure the length and width of the room in metres, then multiply these two measurements to get the area in square metres.
- If your room requires multiple measurements due to its shape, you’ll need to divide it into rectangular areas and work out their individual square-meterage. Then add these together to get the total area of your room.
- To find out the number of packs you’ll need to cover the space, divide the area of your room by the coverage of one pack of your flooring.
Account for wastage
- When cutting your flooring to fit in certain areas or around obstacles, you might find that you need more compared to what you originally calculated.
- Allowing for wastage gives you a few extra boards just in case you need them, and any unopened packs can usually be returned if you didn’t end up using them.
- You’d typically get an extra 10% to account for wastage, so multiply your original total number of packs by 1.1 to find out how many packs you’ll need including wastage.
Where to start laying
- When it comes to laying your flooring, consider the direction you want the boards to go in. Going lengthways lets you follow the line of light from a window, while widthways can add a sense of space to a smaller room.
- Once you’ve decided that, it’s a good idea to start in a corner.
- Lay your first row of full length boards along the wall from one corner to the other, leaving a gap once you can’t fit any more full length boards.